I was a truck driver for a total of 31yrs and also worked as a mechanic during that time. I also worked as a volunteer Firefighter/E.M.T. for over 20 years, but in 2003 my doctor declared that I was unable to work due to severe anxiety and depression. I was awarded S.S.D.I. in 2004 and am on it to this day. I was dx'd with Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome/Dysautonomia in 2010 and with PD or possible M.S.A. in 2011. I am 57 yrs of age and am unable to do any physical labor of any kind w/o becoming short of breath and/or experiencing chest pains. My Cardiologist ordered me to have valve repair surgery done A.S.A.P. about 6 months ago but upon the advice of my neurologist, I was told not to have it done, because it most likely would cause the dysautonomia to worsen. I am now experiencing symptoms of C.H.F. along with the PD symptoms, i.e., tremors and ataxia. I have never been married (been engaged 3 times), mostly due to my illness and now am looking for that special lady who would be able to deal with my symptoms and not become weary of my inability to work, which is very difficult to do. I am still able to care for my personal needs i.e., eating, dressing, walking, shopping, and a limited amount of driving. I pray that the Lord will send me that special lady who would be tolerant of my health condition and love me for who I am. I am an ordained minister of the Gospel and a certified Suicide Prevention Counselor which helps me to cope with the difficulty of getting through each day unable to perform the duties I once took for granted. I do thank the Lord for allowing me to serve Him in ways I thought I never could and without Him, I wouldn't have the strength to make it through a single day.
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